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Burma - Army Battalions
They use the bataillon as a fundamental form of manoeuvre, but are most skilled at carrying out corporate scale missions. As with the UK system, they are divided into moral and governmental regiments. Among them were the Burma Regiment with about 90 troops, the Light Infantry Regiment with about 10 troops as well as the Burma Rifles, the Kachin Rifles, the Chin Rifles, the Shan Rifles and the Kayah Rifles, all with one to six troops.
In 1983 the army was operatively organised into six lightweight units of 10 units each, two tank units, about 85 separate infrared units, four anti-tank and anti-aircraft units, one combined anti-tank and anti-aircraft group. There is a three platoon squadron of four gun squadrons, a mortar, MMG and R/CL platoon supporting squad and an administration team.
There are 27 officer and 723 surgeries in the regiment, but the standard force is lower. Light fleets of soldiers have a much lower thickness of about 500. A resource finds that this can result in these troops being falsely designated by watchers and reporting personnel as starch base troops.
It is not clear how many and how strong these regiments are. Orbat.com has 540 battalions[335 lightweight and 205 infrared battalions], and IISS has 437 battalions[100 infrared and another 337 local commando battalions], while Wiki has 337 infrared and 266 lightweight units [i.e. 71 mechanised battalions].
The Wiki says Myanmar Army had about 370,000 military forces in 2000[which means a typically 110 soldier battalion], while the IISS will report a force of 375,000 from 2011[which means a typically 86 soldier battalion]. From 2009 orbat.com will report a combined force of 450,000 with only 250,000 actually available.
Whereas orbat.com says that "battalions are generally 200 men compared to an authorised TO of about 750 (TO = 500 for Light Infantry Battalions), but often no more than a few moves in size", their 540 registered units would be on average only 46 troops per unit above their "existing" staff.
The Thailand Burma Border Consortium reports that in 2007 the Burma Border Consortium deployed 273 regiments with over 150,000 men (30% of its entire face value), in eastern Burma alone, where Karen, Shan, Karenni, Mon and other ethnical groups live, indicating a force of some 550 people.
In all these computations, the total force of the army is distributed among army manoeuvres, which of course is unlikely. Whilst the tooth-to-tail relationship of Myanmar's army is not known, the United States Army is about half teeth and half tails, which requires, for any trooper deployed in a manoeuvre tactic team, about one trooper in non-operational outfit.
Myanmar's tooth-to-tail relationship may be about the same, which reflects the scarcity of natural resource that could be obtained from reliable outside suppliers. Perhaps Myanmar's tooth-to-tail relationship is much more favourable to the dental side of the formula, which reflects the logistic resource that can be withdrawn from the locals by enforced seizure, which is certainly a current custom in Myanmar and in pre-modern armed forces around the globe.